Some people just love a practical joke, while others – me included – abhor the entire concept of deriving amusement from something horribly shocking that turns out to be faked…
But if you’re one of those folks that loves a good laugh at the expense of the discomfiture of others, you’re in for a treat with new ITV2 show Tricked, which debuts on the channel tomorrow night at 9pm.
The new hidden camera show features young magician Ben Hanlin, who goes undercover using sleight of hand, mental powers and misdirection to pull magical pranks on members of the public and celebrities.
And as mentioned above, the first show features Lee, Duncan and Antony from Blue being tricked into believing their band mate Simon is in serious danger.
Simon is of course in on the trick, whilst the other three band members are led to believe they are doing an outdoor photo shoot at the top of a cliff. Ben poses as a camera assistant and creates an opportunity for him and Simon to go into a caravan that is parked dangerously close to the cliff edge. The other three boys watch in horror as they see the caravan begin to roll, heading towards the sheer drop.
“I was just in complete and utter shock and disbelief that within in 30 seconds I could be losing not only one of my band mates but also one of my best friends,” said Antony.
“I felt sick to my stomach and I felt helpless. I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t jumping out. That’s what I was shouting to him,” added Duncan.
How did the boys feel when they discovered they had been tricked for the ITV2 show?
“I was at first so confused then eventually relieved to see Simon alive. I felt really emotional. I needed a cigarette to calm me and I don’t smoke!” said Duncan.
“For me I have a nervous laugh so I just started laughing and I couldn’t believe it when the producer said this is not real you have been tricked, it took a long time to sink in,” added Antony.
“I didn’t’ believe it. I was still in shock for a long time after. I looked at Simon standing by the hay bales and couldn’t believe it was him.” said Lee.
How did Simon feel about setting up his bandmates?
“Because it was all for a TV show it was great to be part of the huge set up. It was really hard to keep it from them though as we share everything together.
“I felt like a traitor but as it was for TV and in the name of fun it was a good test to see how much they love me!
“Had they all watched the caravan roll off the cliff laughing I would have been like ‘b*****s talk to the hand’!
“Watching their reaction I felt really bad. They were so devastated and to see that was not a nice feeling. I kept thinking I’m sure it made great TV!”
As mentioned, Tricked begins on ITV2 tomorrow at 9pm, but for now, here’s a look at another unsuspecting celeb – Michelle Heaton – on the show…